Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest travel days of the year. According to AAA, a total of 34.1 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles or more from home during the last weekend of the month. The majority of those travelers will leave on Friday, Aug. 30 and return the following Monday in time for the work week. If you are a family caregiver planning on hitting the road at the end of the month, we have some advice for you.
Many people will be journeying to a vacation destination with loved ones in tow. As a family caregiver, you may want to consider bringing the senior in your life along for the ride. Road trips offer a great way for family members to bond with one another, but there are a few important safety tips you must keep in mind for your journey with an older loved one.
Though it's the end of the summer, many regions of the country are still experiencing higher-than-normal temperatures. For this reason, it's important that you bring plenty of water and snacks to keep you and your traveling companions hydrated and energized. This will also prevent you from having to make frequent stops to grab a bite to eat. That being said, you should plan some extra time into your itinerary to allow your loved one to stretch his or her legs and use the bathroom.
According to AAA's predictions, around 46 percent of Americans traveling for the Labor Day holiday plan to visit friends and relatives. If you are thinking of taking a trip to see an older adult living at a retirement home, you can do a little preparation to help make the visit go smoothly.
First, call ahead to your loved one and see if he or she is in need of something that is not available around his or her community. It's always nice to show up with a few treats or activities that you can enjoy with the senior in your life.
Take the opportunity to speak with a member of the staff at the assisted living community where your family member lives. He or she may be able to give you some insight into the senior's life and health status, and you can also voice any concerns or ask any questions you may have at this time.